Local Events

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NC Arboretum Adult Education Classes
NC Arboretum Calendar of Events


bullingtonBullington Gardens Events & Workshops
95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville NC 28792
Call (828) 698-6104 for reservations


Propagation Workshop

June 1, 1:00-4:30: Nurseryman Wes Burlingame will teach basic plant propagation methods in this hands-on workshop that will include seed, cuttings and division of woody ornamentals and perennials. $25

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville offers many helpful and informative classes designed to deepen your relationship to the region’s flora and fauna and to help you successfully landscape with natives. We enjoy relationships with many of the region’s naturalist experts. Thanks to their generosity, we can offer our community an in-depth and affordable look at one of the world’s most unique and diverse native habitats.

DuPont State Forest Non-Native Invasive Plant Inventory Workdays:

MountainTrue is the leader in developing and implementing programs that combat invasive plants and insects in the mountain counties of North Carolina. Introduced accidentally and intentionally, these invasive species escaped from developed communities and have made their way into wilderness areas. Without the predators and competitors that native plants and insects have evolved with, invasives are able to flourish, usually at the expense of our native plant communities.

At DuPont State Forest, we will be conducting a non-native invasive plant inventory, including GPS mapping identifying species and population density. We need the help of local volunteers to get this inventory done, and our Forestkeeper, Laura McPherson, will teach volunteers identification and inventory skills along the way! This will allow us to create maps for DuPont that show areas along the trails that need invasive species control.

Below are the dates for workdays. All fieldwork will be scheduled for 10AM-2PM:

Saturday, May 27
Tuesday, May 30

Wednesday, June 7
Tuesday, June 13
Thursday, June 22
Tuesday, June 27

Thursday, July 6
Wednesday, July 12
Tuesday, July 18

If you would like to participate, please email Laura McPherson at forestkeeper@mountaintrue.org to let her know what date(s) you’d like to attend! Once you sign up you will receive location and logistic details shortly thereafter.

The Cradle of Forestry in America invites the public to a Butterfly Bonanza Monday, May 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rita Venable, author of the book “Butterflies of Tennessee” will be at the Cradle of Forestry Discovery Center to share her expertise and enthusiasm for these fluttering pollinators. She will sign copies of the book beginning at 10:00 a.m. Butterfly themed crafts and children’s activities will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

At 1:00 p.m., Venable will lead a stroll through gardens and meadows around the Cradle’s Forest Discovery Center, identifying butterflies and focusing on what to think about when planning a natural area or garden for butterflies. Participants can learn what butterflies need to survive, what gardeners need to know, and problems some gardeners experience when planting a butterfly garden. She will also discuss whether butterfly houses work or not, as well as tips for plant selections.

Lady Slipper Speaker Series at Brevard College

Will be held every 3rd Tuesday of the month, during the academic semester.
Location: Brevard College – McLarty-Goodson 125 (building 3 on the map).

Walks and Talks Along The Greenway 

During the warmer months, the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway will host “Oklawaha Greenway Walks and Talks,” a series of educational outings.  The programs are open to the public at no charge. Meet at Patton Park in the circular pavilion near the basketball courts. The walks will be about 90 minutes, returning to Patton Park. For more information about “Walks and Talks Along the Greenway” contact Jack Robinson, Friends of Oklawaha Greenway, at 828-335-2479 or jackrobinsonmerida@gmail.com.

North Carolina Native Plant Society – Western Chapter Hikes

Contact Tracie Jeffries for more details at botanynerd89@gmail.com

Wednesday May 24th
Craggy Gardens, Blue Ridge Parkway
Directions: We will meet at 9:00 at the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center. From Asheville, take the Blue Ridge Parkway north 18 miles past the Folk Art Center. Pass the road to the picnic area, and after about three miles, park at the Visitor Center.

We will do two short hikes. The first will start at the visitor center. According to the Hike WNC website the hike is an easy 1.5 mile hike through a high-elevation Northern Hardwood forest to a Heath Bald, and finally into a Grassy Summit. We will return to the center for restrooms and then drive a short distance to the parking area for second hike. The second hike is a 1.4-mile round trip hike to the top of the 5,892-foot summit Craggy Pinnacle at Craggy Gardens. At the top is a spectacular 360-degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring raingear, plenty of water, and snacks.

JUN 22
Mt Mitchell State Park Hike, Blue Ridge Parkway
Thu 9 AM

JUL 18
Pink Beds Loop Trail, Brevard N.C
Tue 9 AM

AUG 18
Rattlesnake Lodge, Blue Ridge Parkway
Fri 9 AM

SEP 16
Laurel River Trail, Hot Springs Area
Fri 9 AM

Bag Lunch Arts
WHERE: Rogow Room, Transylvania County Library
212 S. Gaston St. Brevard, NC

You are invited to bring along a bag lunch to enjoy during the presentation. Refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Library and include cookies and coffee from Blue Ridge Bakery.

Wildflower Walks in Black Mountain

Coordinator: Jim Poling (jnpoling@icloud.com)
Leaders: Anyone who loves Wildflowers
Most of our walks are local—Montreat, BMT Recreation Park, Warren Wilson College. We will take one or two trips to the Parkway. Meet at Lake Tomahawk Parking Lot on Rhododendron Ave. Black Mountain, NC. We will carpool to another location where there are wildflowers!

Thursday, June 8, 2017 – 9:00–11:00am
Thursday, July 13, 2017 – 9:00–11:-00am
Thursday, Aug 10, 2017 – 9:00–11:00am
Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 – 9:00–11:00am

Southern Highlands Reserve
Visitor’s Days are held the first Tuesday of each month, April – October. Visitor Days provide the perfect outing for backyard gardeners, plant enthusiasts or professionals in the fields of horticulture, design and ecology. Visitor’s Days are best suited for first-time guests to SHR and are led by a Garden Tour Docent.

Tours begin promptly at 10:00 am and will last 2 to 2.5 hours. Please arrive at 9:30 – 9:45 for check in. Directions provided will give you an idea of approximate drive time. Roads to the gardens are curvy; plan according to your riders’ comfort level.

Visit http://www.southernhighlandsreserve.org/events to make your reservations using our new online reservation system. Advance registration is required for all tours and events at the Reserve. We require names and email addresses of each member of your party at the time of registration. Please have them ready when you make your reservations.

2017 Cullowhee Native Plant Conferencecullowhee
July 19 – 22, 2017

More information coming soon. Save the Date!

Submit events for inclusion to wcbotanicalclub@gmail.com